For those who do not know, we were assigned into groups of two for our time filming in Nogales. I was matched with Maria Watson. At first, she was just one of the three Marias to me, but we have gotten to know each other quite well. She turned out to be the perfect partner. I just finished my first year, and she just finished her last year, so I knew there was a lot I could learn from my charismatic teammate. When we started out, what I learned mostly pertained to cameras. She taught me how to adjust the frames and fix lighting. Everything I now know about cameras can be attributed to Nico and Maria.
I had not anticipated the amount of walking we would be doing on this trip. We walk A LOT. It’s not a bad thing though, because there is a lot of time to contemplate and talk with others. Yesterday, after a successful quest for B-Roll, Maria and I were walking back to the Comedor. On this walk, I learned more from my teammate. I asked about why she decided to work as a volunteer next year. Her answer was filled with passion and a genuine desire to do good work. She does not want to be just a journalist. She wants to help people. She wants to get at the heart the Jesuit mission to care for th marginalized. Her motivation was so authentic when she spoke. She inspired me to not settle into a career that promises stability and security at the cost of missing out on what stirs my heart. Social justice stirs her heart. It moves her, so she followed it even though it took her away from success that the world deems important.
I’ve learned a lot from Maria, and I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know her as well as I have. We have a secret handshake. It’s dope. We have a team name: Team. And we have a common passion for finding Christ around us. God knew what he was doing when he guided Nico’s hand as he randomly grouped us into twos.